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Tips on how to recycle in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Why do I have to pay for curbside recycling?

Why isn’t recycling always free? Recycling is beneficial in so many ways – you would think that it should always be free! Unfortunately, it isn’t always free and if you are wondering why, here are a few facts to consider. Many cities either operate their own waste and recycling programs or contract large commercial haulers to provide trash and curbside recycling services. Programs such as these are often the second greatest expense for municipalities. .

I’ve heard that glass gets sent to the landfill, not recycled. Is that true?

When different colors of glass are mixed together the glass is no longer marketable and becomes basically worthless. In too many instances mixed glass is marketed as “landfill cover” and buried, giving recycling programs a bad reputation. Some programs have also begun marketing their mixed glass as road base or in other experimental programs. This is a shame because glass can be recycled indefinitely. We sort our glass by color and then market it .

Why don’t you accept plastic bags? Some of them are #2 HDPE. Where can I recycle them?

We only accept solid plastic containers numbers #1, #2, and #5. Our equipment is not designed to process plastic bags- they get caught in and wrapped around conveyor belt pulleys and other equipment.  Plastic bags photo degrade very quickly so they must be kept dry and out of the sun. They are also very light weight so we would literally need to collect and store millions of them to acquire enough to meet market .

My container has a chasing arrow symbol on it. Does that mean it can be recycled?

The chasing arrow symbol is the universal sign for recycling. Although most products which have the symbol are indeed recyclable there is no guarantee that a market exists. For example paper juice and milk cartons are marked with the chasing arrows and can technically be recycled. However, the vast majority of paper and cardboard mills consider them to be a contamination. There are a small number of specialized mills who recycle only these cartons. .

Why doesn’t GJ CRI accept glossy corrugated cardboard?

The gloss on cardboard contains additives like plastic and clay which are detrimental to the process of making new corrugated cardboard. These products are considered undesirable by the cardboard mills. Transportation costs and mill specifications prohibit us from collecting glossy corrugated cardboard.

Why do we have to break down our cardboard boxes?

Breaking down your boxes saves time, energy and space. It also reduces the risk of on-the-job injuries to our employees, resulting from struggling with unbroken boxes at the curb.  We collect materials in specially designed trailers with multiple compartments. This allows materials to be kept separate from each other. Unbroken, cardboard boxes take up a lot of room. With over a hundred households on a typical route the space allotted on the trailer for .

Do magazines go with newspaper?

Yes, you can mix newspaper, office paper, junk mail (please open it to remove sheets of sticky labels and plastic credit cards, etc.), magazines, catalogs and shredded paper together.  You can put your phone book on top of the mix so that we can easily separate it out.

Why do we need to keep phone books separate?

We ask that our customers keep phone books separate so that we can market our paper products to multiple mills. Each mill has different specifications for how many phone books are allowed in the paper mix they purchase. The individual specifications depend on the end product the mills produce. For example a mill that makes newspaper stock might allow only 36 phone books for every ton. So we actually count how many individual phone .